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Moment driver was catapulted through sunroof of flipping car… and walked away unharmed

  • Couple were having blazing row seconds before the crash
  • Lucky pair hugged with relief after the terrifying accident

By Emma Reynolds

PUBLISHED: 08:06 EST, 10 July 2012 | UPDATED: 09:01 EST, 10 July 2012

This is the death-defying moment a lucky passenger escaped unharmed after his girlfriend rolled her car through a wall and sent him flying out of the sunroof.

Incredibly, despite being flung six feet from the vehicle and landing face-down on the front lawn of a West Midlands home, he walked away completely unscathed.

Seconds before the terrifying crash, the couple, both in their 30s, were seen having a blazing argument.

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Lucky escape: CCTV captures the car rolling over a garden wall into a front garden

Lucky escape: CCTV captures the car rolling over a garden wall into a front garden

Face-first: The man flies neatly out of the sunroof as the heavy vehicle crashes down, narrowly missing him

Face-first: The man flies neatly out of the sunroof as the heavy vehicle crashes down, narrowly missing him

Acrobatics: The man completes an unintentional flip in mid-air as he flies straight out of the car

Acrobatics: The man completes an unintentional flip in mid-air as he flies straight out of the car

But after beating the odds to survive ploughing through a wall, the shaken pair were united as they hugged with relief.

Heart-stopping footage shows the driver rolling the Peugeot 406 on to a lawn in front of a home in Dudley, West Midlands, at 10.40pm on Sunday.

Her boyfriend, wearing a white T-shirt and cut off jeans, tumbles head-over-heels out of window on to the ground, inches from the car.

But he can then be seen casually dusting himself down before going to check up on his girlfriend, who was also unhurt.

The crash was captured on home-security cameras installed outside 75-year-old Howard Hamilton’s home.

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Mr Hamilton, a former brewery driver, said: ‘I was just dropping off to sleep at about 10.30pm when I heard this almighty bang.

‘Me and my wife Margaret looked out of the bedroom window to see this car lying in our front garden.

Sprawled out: The man crash-lands on the grass having spun 180 degrees in the darkness

Sprawled out: The man crash-lands on the grass having spun 180 degrees in the darkness

Twister: The man flips over in mid-air and is thrown six feet on to the solid earth

Twister: The man flips over in mid-air and is thrown six feet on to the solid earth

Miraculous survival: The man picks himself up - completely unharmed

Miraculous survival: The man picks himself up – completely unharmed

‘This couple in their 30s were standing in front of the car hugging – I looked at them, then back at this mangled car and I thought “how on earth are they alive?”

‘When I checked the footage back it just compounded my amazement – their car just somersaulted and the man comes flying out the sunroof.

‘I’ve caught people stealing my door mat on CCTV before but never anything like this.

‘It was like something out of a police action film. Somebody could have easily been killed if they had walking by.

‘If this happens again in the daytime it would be teeming with kids – and you could be looking at schoolchildren being killed. Something has to be done to stop these accidents happening.’

Shockingly, it is the fourth time since 2010 that the family have had their garden wall smashed down by out-of-control vehicles.

Mr Hamilton’s sister Joyce, 61, who lives next door, added: ‘I’m coming to think we’re getting used to it.

Casual: Amazingly, the man simply stood straight up, brushed himself down and went to check on his girlfriend

Casual: Amazingly, the man simply stood straight up, brushed himself down and went to check on his girlfriend

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One way to resolve an argument: The previously rowing couple were seen hugging with relief shortly after their brush with death

One way to resolve an argument: The previously rowing couple were seen hugging with relief shortly after their brush with death

‘The bang woke me up and you think “oh no the garden wall’s gone again”.

‘Fortunately there was nobody walking up the footpath. If somebody had been walking up the footpath, you don’t know what would have happened to them.’

Another neighbour said: ‘The couple had been having a huge bust up just before the crash.

‘Whatever happened they are bloody lucky.’

A West Midlands Police spokesman said: ‘We were called to reports of a silver Peugeot 406 in collision with a wall.

‘A woman was arrested on suspicion of drink driving but was later released without charge.’

A spokesman for West Midlands Ambulance, said: ‘We were called to reports that a car had overturned at 10.32pm on Sunday evening. An ambulance, a rapid response team and a paramedic were in attendance.

‘One patient was taken to hospital, the other was not. Both of them received minor injuries.’